Japan and South Korea for the first time signed a bilateral military agreement the biggest winner in the U.S.
20 century, the Japanese invaders gave the Korean Peninsula to a huge disaster. Today, South Korea, large numbers of people also has a strong anti-Japanese complex. From the pitch to the commercial sector, the two powers in East Asia has been frequently clash. However, recently there is news, Japan and Korea will be the first to sign a bilateral military agreement.
67 years to sign the agreement
May 8, 2009, Japan’s defense ministry and the South Korean Defense Ministry announced that two executives have reached a consensus will be recently signed a military intelligence protection agreement “and” military mutual support agreement two military cooperation agreements. This is the two sides signed a military agreement for the first time since 1945, the end of the colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, Japan and South Korea.
Under the agreement, Japan and South Korea two armies will be in intelligence, logistics, explosive ordnance disposal, overseas peacekeeping and other aspects expand military cooperation. According to Korea, “Chosun Ilbo” reports, after the signing of the Military Intelligence Protection Agreement, Japan and South Korea to realize the sharing of military intelligence, especially intelligence about North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction project. “The quartermaster mutual support agreement calls for the mutual supply of food, water, fuel and medical services between the two forces in overseas peacekeeping missions encounter unexpected situations, assisting with logistical transport. Japanese “Asahi Shimbun” In addition to peacekeeping operations, both armies in other cases, the mutual supply of fuel, food and other aspects. In addition, the two armies will jointly carry out search and rescue missions at sea.
, the two governments have not yet announced a specific date to sign an agreement. According to the Korea Herald reported, as early as January last year, Japan’s defense minister Toshimi Kitazawa visit to South Korea during the two governments had already reached a consensus, the decision on the protection of military secrets and provide each other with military equipment in support of signing the agreement. Since then, both sides have been in on the signing of an agreement regarding the consultation. Although at this stage, there are some slight differences, but the work “as a whole has entered the final phase. According to the South Korean Defense Ministry officials said the South Korean Defense Minister Kim wide town and Japan’s defense minister Tanaka Naoki early as end of a meeting in Tokyo, in the form of a memorandum of understanding signed an agreement.
finger of blame directed at North Korea
Recently, the growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Japan and South Korea both sides announced the signing of the military agreement, the motives behind the thought-provoking.In a press conference on the 8th, the South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman denied that North Korea’s recent satellite launch activities to promote Japan and South Korea to speed up negotiations. However, the Korean Daily News pointed out that the two countries initially negotiations is not much enthusiasm, until recently, the news came out that Pyongyang will hold a nuclear test, the two sides agreed that the military agreement should be signed as soon as possible.
Malaysia New Straits Times said that North Korea Kim Il Sung’s birthday commemoration held in April, South Korea “obviously rude remarks, after which Pyongyang would repeatedly threatened to wage jihad in retaliation, South Korea move apparently out of concerns about the North Korean threat. Genba, Japanese Foreign Minister Koizumi said in an interview, a clear reference to North Korea last month to launch a satellite failed situation “, saying that” Japan and South Korea to deepen cooperation in the field of security is very important and must be achieved “.
According to the Korea Herald reported, South Korea has more than 20 countries and the United States, Russia and Vietnam signed a military secret protection agreement. South Korean Defense Ministry said: “the sharing of intelligence need to sign a military intelligence protection agreement, the face of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, we have the necessary intelligence sharing. Today, we have signed agreements with 24 countries, and Japan signed such agreement is necessary. “In addition, Korea has signed with 10 countries,” military mutual support agreement, and is vigorously promoting the signing of the agreement with the United States, New Zealand, more than 10 countries.
Japan’s Asahi Shimbun commented that the signing of the agreement will mean that Tokyo and Seoul, will now be in full swing as intelligence sharing, to jointly cope with the constant provocation of North Korea “. Japan and South Korea are U.S. allies, the two sides cooperation in information sharing is very limited. ” After the signing of the military intelligence protection agreement, Japan will get the “special income”, because it will make the Self-Defense Forces are in the forefront of Korean agents surveillance were first-hand information. “Korea Herald”, the Japanese Self-Defense There are many high-tech surveillance equipment, including six Aegis destroyers equipped with the latest radar and more than 10 aircraft of advanced early warning aircraft, and therefore has a unique advantage in the monitoring of the Korean trends . Military intelligence cooperation, both sides just to complement what they need to further strengthen surveillance on North Korea.
Significance can not be ignored
widely believe that Japan and South Korea 67 years signed a military agreement for the first time, the significance should not be underestimated. Japan’s Kyodo news agency said the move will give Japan and South Korea shared the North Korean nuclear program and missile intelligence to provide a legal basis. “Conducive to the two countries on peacekeeping and humanitarian aid operations and strengthening cooperation.”
South Korean Defense Ministry officials have repeatedly stressed to the media, mainly in response to the situation in North Korea and Japan signed a military agreement, “not toward the Korea-Japan military alliance, by the military and high-level visits and other forms, Korea will continue to work with other neighboring countries to increase military exchanges. Professor Yin Demin of the Korean National Institutes of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the agreements to be signed only “preliminary, limited cooperation”, the reason is North Korea’s provocation is caused by the surrounding tensions. However, the head of the Korean Study Group of the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, Baek Seung-weeks, this will only lead to further regional tensions, China and other neighboring countries will view them as “the expansion of the US-led military alliance in Northeast Asia”.
experts pointed out that Japan and South Korea’s military cooperation with South Korea and unpopular. “Korean domestic public opinion would not support any form of military and Japan signed the agreement, regardless of its content.” Malaysia’s New Straits Times also pointed out that in North Korea or South Korea, older people from 1910 to 1945 years peninsula memories of the brutal Japanese rule. Between Japan and South Korea also difficult to reconcile the territorial dispute over Dokdo issue, this agreement is the South Korean government is not necessarily a good thing, because, instead of getting public support, but also aroused a strong China and North Korea opposed to “.
In this regard, Baek Seung-week, the biggest winner of the Japan-ROK military cooperation, neither Japan nor South Korea, but the United States, because “this agreement is in line with the position of the United States to encourage the allies to strengthen bilateral relations”. The Asahi Shimbun said the United States “has long been proposed that Japan and South Korea to expand defense cooperation”. Analysts believe that the United States has been hope that the United States, Japan, Korea can expand the effective trilateral military cooperation, the Korean-Japanese military agreements or will become the starting point for substantive progress.